We are still planning to build a great new school for the children and families of our local community. This is your opportunity to view the revised plans and proposals and leave us with your constructive feedback and comments.
Following the setback of the initial planning application being rejected by Kingston Council at the end of January, KCS and Chapel St, with the support of the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and its professional team, have revised the proposals for the new school’s development.
There is of course a demonstrable demand for additional school places in the Canbury/Norbiton area and the site of Kingstons House on Coombe Road near Norbiton Station is at the heart of the community the new school will serve. To off-set the cost of providing a two-form entry primary school it was decided to also incorporate a residential block of flats alongside the school as part of the new development.
To overcome the three reasons for refusal the proposals have been revised to address the design and of the new buildings so that they will sit well with the character of surrounding streets and not have a detrimental impact on the cottages in Station Road.
Having looked critically at the design, massing and orientation of the proposed buildings we believe the new application addresses the reasons for the earlier refusal. In addition we think that if the Council looks again at the Highways and Transport report, and the school’s travel plans for both children and staff, it can be seen that the impact on the road network will not be as great as feared and that the further Park and Stride policy supported by Asda will largely eliminate any additional impact all together on the odd occasion a parent has to drive a child to school.
Some other images you may be interested in:
Image of the new school proposal south elevation onto Station Road – pink dotted line showing the height of the earlier application:
Image of the new residential block proposal south elevation onto Coombe Road – pink dotted line showing the height of the earlier application:
KCS and the EFA are grateful to the communities around the Coombe Road site for their contributions towards the new school proposals and to all the parents and staff, most of whom are also local residents, for the enthusiastic support that has been given for the school and for the revised plans at its permanent home.
In addition to the first year’s intake of children over 100 families have registered an interest in sending their children here in the future. As now, most live in the community surrounding the Coombe Road site and will want to walk their children to a school just around the corner. They welcome a school at the heart of their community:
- their children will be able to walk to school with their friends and neighbours
- the modern facilities at the new school will be available to the community out of school hours
- there is a demonstrable need for additional school places in the area
- local businesses welcome the potential extra trade and do not foresee any traffic problems
- Asda has given its blessing for the school to make use of its car park on the odd occasions when parents need to drive to school.
Despite some local concern it is not the case that the school is for children who live elsewhere. Those attending KCS now and those who have shown an interest in sending their children to KCS in the future predominately live within a few hundred metres of the Coombe Road site. They and their families are also members of the local community; they live in the neighbouring roads and are wholly supportive of the proposals for a new school.
KCS will continue to be open to questions and remains keen to hear from local people. We will keep updating these web pages over the coming weeks so do come back and take a look. In the meantime we welcome your feedback on the new proposals.